To Carve Roast Turkey ~1886

  How to Carve a Turkey Ah, the 1 day a year when you get to wield your knives in an unwieldy fashion. Fear not! Your trusty Practical American Cookery book has your back and gives step-by-step instructions on how to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.If you look really closely, you can see the dotted lines…

Turkey Scalloped 1881

Turkey Scalloped Got leftovers? This is a spinoff of the turkey pie you would make with mashed potatoes. Instead of potatoes, layer a dish with breadcrumbs, a little milk, turkey, dressing, butter, and gravy. The final layer is a mixture of 2 eggs, milk, melted butter, and cracker crumbs in a thick, spreadable paste on…

Remarks on Pie Making ~1866

Remarks on Pies What we learn here is that: pumpkin pie is the crowning dish of the Thanksgiving feast (a fact my family fully appreciates); mince pies are for Christmas; and tartlet mince pies should be served on New-Year's day. Finally, apple pies should ALWAYS be served with roast pig or goose - Or a…

Mulled Wine ~ 1876

Mulled Wine Ingredients: 1 pint Madeira wine 1 pint hot water Sugar & spice to taste (cloves, cinnamon, anise) 6 egg yolks Teacupful of sweet cream Hmm... This sounds like a great recipe for a holiday party with lots of trusting friends. More Fun Discoveries Interpreting Victorian Baking Temperatures ~1866 Plain Rice (Free of Slime)…

Pumpkin Soup ~1866

Here's to the end of October! This pumpkin soup recipe will look familiar for anyone who makes butternut squash soup. I actually have also found that adding a spoonful of sugar improves the overall flavor, but, as mentioned, is not entirely necessary. Recommend using a slow cooker instead of going to all the bother of…

Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885

I kid you not. A diet drink of pumpkin seeds from 1885. Let's unpack this: Dried pumpkin seeds Boiled water Used for strangury and kindred complaints Strangury is kidney or bladder stones - ouch! Check out the full description of Strangury here. More Fun Discoveries How to Boil Potatoes ~1856 Coffee Custard ~1905 Eating an…

Mashed Pumpkin ~1885

This mashed pumpkin recipe is similar to any mashed potato recipe. I would typically roast the pumpkin and then scoop out the insides and mash. Here you pare first and then boil and mash. Happy Fall! More Fun Discoveries All Displays of Violence Are in Very Bad Taste ~1856 Cream Custard ~1866 Frowzy Wives and…

On Pumpkins ~1885

Will you be carving pumpkins soon? Halloween is right around the corner in the U.S., so here's a small snippet from 1885 to get everyone in the mood! The Pumpkin regains its popularity when prepared for use in pies. Some varieties grow to an immense size, and when dry are cut into the shape of…

Apple Jam ~ 1876

Apple Jam Recipe Ingredients: Brown sugar Sour apples (pared, cored, chopped fine) Grated rind of 2 lemons White ginger Note: The ginger is essential to its peculiar excellence (which I think is a unique taste twist!) More Fun Discoveries Rich Baked Apple Pudding ~1890 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851 Coffee Monday: French Coffee and…